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Economist - International - St, 03/25/2020 - 23:03

Writers wanted: The Economist is looking for an international correspondent based in London; and also for paid interns to work on the foreign desk. For details, go to economist.com/foreignjobs

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Scientists and industry are dashing to make more ventilators

Economist - International - St, 03/25/2020 - 23:03

Editor’s note: The Economist is making some of its most important coverage of the covid-19 pandemic freely available to readers of The Economist Today, our daily newsletter. To receive it, register here. For more coverage, see our coronavirus hub

ONE OF THE most worrying symptoms of covid-19 is the way the coronavirus attacks the lungs of those infected. This means some patients need a ventilator to help them breathe until their lungs recover. But there is a dire shortage of these machines in hospitals, so intensive-care units will be overwhelmed. Urged on by worried governments, ventilator manufacturers are working flat out and forming partnerships with carmakers, aerospace firms and others to boost output as fast as possible.

But their efforts will still be not enough to meet soaring demand. So hope is riding on scores of new projects to develop breathing devices that could be made rapidly by non-specialist companies and small workshops. These are mostly simpler devices; some could even be assembled by DIY enthusiasts. The response to this call to arms is unprecedented.

Yet difficulties and dangers lie ahead. At present ventilation is about the only way doctors have to treat...

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Crowdsourcing to fight covid-19

Economist - International - St, 03/25/2020 - 23:03

Editor’s note: The Economist is making some of its most important coverage of the covid-19 pandemic freely available to readers of The Economist Today, our daily newsletter. To receive it, register here. For more coverage, see our coronavirus hub

“WE ARE TRYING to fly the plane while we are building it.” That is how Richard Hunt from America’s department of health described caring for patients seriously ill with covid-19 in a training session on the subject on March 24th. The session was webcast to almost 2,000 people in 39 countries (most were in America). The questions sent in advance filled 25 pages, said Mr Hunt.

The thirst for clinical guidance is desperate. Three months after doctors in the Chinese city of Wuhan encountered the world’s first covid-19 patients, medics in more than 150 countries are treating growing numbers. British scientists reckon that 4.4% of those infected will need hospitalisation; about one in three of those requires treatment in an intensive-care unit (ICU). Doctors in ICUs treat severe pneumonia, the hallmark of a serious case of covid-19, all the time. But with this new disease they do not yet know which changes in a patient’s symptoms, blood tests or vital signs...

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Chatham Lodging Implements Corporate Governance Changes

Chatham Lodging Trust , a hotel real estate investment trust focused on investing in upscale extended-stay hotels and premium-branded select-service hotels, toda
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Auditors to be strict on corporate reporting

The order issued by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs is aimed at strengthening the overall corporate governance standards in the country.
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Fin24.com | Zim gets own governance code as corruption spikes

Zimbabwe has launched its own corporate governance code as its acting president says there are near-daily reports of abuse of both public and private office.
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Improve corporate reporting culture

Corporate reporting is increasingly becoming an instrument for effective communication with stakeholders and investors.
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Has Satyam saga changed practices in India?

As the court sentenced Ramalinga Raju for seven years, experts said corporate governance has changed for the better post Satyam; it swung authorities into action to improve disclosure and audit norms
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Majority of small and mid caps riddled with corporate governance loopholes

Investor relations efforts leave much to be desired. Exemplary corporate governance is little more than a faraway dream for most small and mid caps. A study by the Securities Investors Association (Singapore) showed that majority of listed SMEs are riddled with corporate governance loopholes. Further, 60.7% of the assessed companies failed to provide the contact information of their investor ...
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SIAS unveils new corporate governance rating for listed SMEs

The Securities Investors Association (Singapore) (SIAS) has launched a new corporate governance ratings methodology for small and mid caps. SIAS noted that existing governance ratings methodology applies the same criteria for evaluating the governance of large and small companies. As listed small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are fundamentally different from large caps, current ratings ...
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Alfaisal University to launch corporate governance index

(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) Alfaisal University will host next Monday 'Corporate Governance Index' symposium in the presence of Minister of Commerce and Industry Dr. Tawfiq Al-Ra...
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